A busy week as usual in the AWAVA office, with plenty of news coming out of New York (see below) as well as preparations for International Women’s Day Celebrations – I hope you’re all planning something special!
- The Minister for the Status of Women, Kate Ellis, has been in New York this week attending a UN convention on the Status of Women, where she spoke about the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children
- There has also been a focus on investing in and empowering adolescent girls at the convention.
- Click here to listen to speeches from the convention
The World Shelter Conference Planning Committee has announced that they have decided to extend the deadline for submitting presentation proposals. After many requests, they will extend the deadline to March 31, 2011.
If you are an advocate or activist, working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking and other forms of violence against women, we encourage you to share your expertise, knowledge, approaches, challenges and successes with us at the conference.
Click here to submit a proposal
International Women’s Day News:
- NATSIWA are holding a rally on the 10th March – read all the details here
- Economic S4W have released their IWD campaign “Don’t be Short Changed”
- Make sure you watch this clip showing the journey of Women’s Rights over the last 100 years
Reports released since our last round-up:
- The Australian Law Reform Commission has released the first in a series of Issues Papers on Family Violence and Commonwealth Laws and
- The Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault has released a paper on Supporting women from CALD backgrounds who are victim/survivors of sexual violence: Challenges and opportunities for practitioners
In other news across our virtual desks:
- The Age is running a poll on who is Australia’s most inspiring woman.
- The Daily Telegraph reports that preventative action will be taken with children who show signs of harmful behaviour as part of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children
- The Queensland University of Technology published an article on female genital mutiliation
- The Herald Sun reports on YouTube clips depicting self-harm being watched by teenagers
- The Age reports on how pornography is hurting women
- The Age has also published a profile on Elizabeth Broderick
- ABC news reports that the Defensive Murder law may be under review after a Victorian woman was convicted.
And don’t forget, the following events are still open for registrations:
- WESNET’s Technology Safety Training in Victoria and Tasmania
- The Australian Women Educators conference White Ribbon Day Every day
*The opinions expressed in the articles aren’t necessarily the opinions of AWAVA